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Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting. With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways. In this sequel to “Embroider Your Knitting,” students move beyond the basics into freestyle work, methods of pattern transfer, choosing stitches that suit your vision, and–of course–a few new fancy stitches to add to the repertoire! Please note: this class has an additional materials fee of $5, payable in cash on the day of the session.
Pre-requisites: Completion of “Embroider Your Knitting: Level I” or equivalent fluency in basic hand embroidery stitches (ideally including catch stitches, French and bullion knots). Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.
Homework assignment: Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color. Make one swatch as follows. With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5 (with worsted) to 6 (with sport) sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts. Rows 1-6: knit. Row 7 (WS): K4, p 48, k4. Rep rows 6-7 25x. Rows 58-63: Knit. Bind off. If time permits, block swatch.
Materials: Completed homework assignment (see above). At least two balls (partial balls and stashed leftovers are fine) of smooth, strong, sport, DK, or fingering weight yarns in solid or semi-solid colors. Scissors.